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Ghost walk scheduled for Fort Frederick State Park

Ghost walk scheduled for Fort Frederick State Park

(Big Pool, MD) The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced that the Fort Frederick Ghost Walk will be held again at Fort Frederick State Park on Saturday, October 23rd. The event is co-sponsored by the Clear Spring Lions Club and Fort Frederick State Park.
Visitors will be led on a haunted tour of the park grounds and fort by a costumed guide. Along the haunted tour route visitors will encounter ghostly travelers reenacting historical situations from the fort's historic past, including the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and American Civil War. The event has traditionally been a Halloween favorite and been enjoyed by the public for many years.
The Ghost Walk will take place from 7-9pm. The park entrance gate will be closely promptly at 9pm, but visitors who are already in the park for the program will still be able to take the haunted tour.
The Ghost Walk costs: Ages 10 and up: $5.00/person, under age 10: free
Sturdy and weather appropriate clothing is a must, as terrain can be rugged and/or muddy. If weather conditions do not permit, the event may be cancelled. Please contact the park at 301-842-2155 if weather is questionable.
Hot dogs and snack food will be available for purchase from the Clear Spring Lions Club while waiting in line to take the tour. Also, complimentary light refreshments will be served at the end of the tour in the Civilian Conservation Corp museum.
Fort Frederick was built by the Colony of Maryland during the French and Indian War as a base to house provincial troops to protect frontier settlers. During the American Revolutionary War the fort was used as a prison camp for British soldiers captured at Yorktown and Saratoga. During the American Civil War, Union troops, stationed in and around the fort, engaged nearby Confederate troops on Christmas Day, 1861. Civilian Conservation Corp workers during the l930's restored the fort walls. During the American Bicentennial the two enlisted men's barracks were reconstructed. Today the fort operates as a living history museum.
Fort Frederick State Park is located off of Interstate 70 at exit 12 (Rt. 56), Big Pool, Maryland. For more information about the Ghost Walk and other Fort Frederick activities and programs, please contact the park at 301-842-2155 during office hours of 9:00am-4:00pm.
Fort Frederick State Park is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Visitors also can enjoy the Western Maryland Rail Trail, a 23-mile paved path that follows the former Western Maryland Railway and is owned and operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Park Service; hiking; fishing in the C&O Canal; camping; flat water canoeing; picnic grounds; a Civilian Conservation Corps museum; a concession store; and a visitors center. Also see: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/FortFrederick.html.
To learn more about Washington County, visit the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.marylandmemories.com. Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (www.heartofthecivilwar.org), and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (http://hallowedground.org). Washington County is also part of the Quad-State Tourism Coalition, a four-state tourism group along I-81. For more information, see: www.quadstate81.com.

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